Community UMC, 20 Center St, Naperville, IL 60540

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Thu Mar 28 2024


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Maundy Thursday

You are invited to a multi-sensory worship experience on Maundy Thursday, March 28, 7pm, in the Sanctuary, to remember the final hours of Jesus’ life and his death.

It is the tradition of the Church during the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday to remember Jesus’ sacrifice in crucifixion. This year at Community UMC we remember this dark time with a Tenebrae Service. “Tenebrae” is the Latin word meaning “darkness.” In the sanctuary we will recall Jesus’ final hours with the observance of Holy Communion (in the Methodist tradition, everyone is welcome to participate), and the biblical story of Jesus’ last hours. As we tell the story we will extinguish candles, darken the sanctuary, and drape the platform in black… all symbols of the human death Jesus suffered. Worship concludes in total darkness and with a loud sound (called strepitus in Latin) to represent the closing of Jesus’ tomb – and convey the sense of the total loss of God’s presence and the effect of the death of Jesus on all of creation. Worshipers are invited to then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and await the celebration of the coming Resurrection.

Community UMC invites you to return then on Easter Sunday, March 31st at 9:00am & 11:00am to celebrate the Resurrection!

Community UMC, 20 Center St, Naperville, IL 60540